Service for Equity Formula

Say you are a service provider—consultant, designer, coder—and somebody offers you startup equity in exchange for professional service. I pondered this question after seeing...

Prepping for an Investor Pitch? Don’t Get Blinded by Tunnel Vision

Don’t let your drive steer you down a dead end. For a startup founder, enthusiasm is a necessary piece of the personality puzzle. You took...

Hacking Shark Investors: The Ultimate Pitch Guide

What’s the difference between a shark and any other fish in the sea?  Ever think about that? Sharks come in all sizes and shapes with...

Searching for Stephs: Identifying the Greats in Early-Stage Startups

At my investment firm, we look for “Stephs” — as in NBA player Steph Curry for the Golden State Warriors. Why? He’s the underdog...

3 Ways Online Trading Can Be a Viable Source of Income

Apart from an expected surge of optimism in Scotland, business confidence in the UK has declined over the course of 2017's first quarter. This...

Angel Investment Red Flags

Last week at an angel investment meeting one of our group members asked whether anybody had a list of red flag problems that would...

7 Work Ethic Elements Will Get You Investor Funding

Starting and running a business is hard. Don’t believe the old myth that with a few hours of work a day and a great...

Avoid the Race to Zero

When do you sell your company? Obviously we all want to sell at the top. And there is the problem. How do you know...

13 Red Flags to Avoid in Your Investor Funding Pitch

After listening to hundreds of startup pitches, and reading even more business plans, most new venture investors develop their own favorite list of “red...

Startup Stock Options as Fool’s Gold

Terry had a good job with an established software company but left to join a startup. Why? “Because they’re giving me startup stock options.” Too bad. Two...

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